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Are Hill Republicans just paying lip service to export controls? Some of the GOP's staunchest advocates of curbing high-tech sales abroad are backing legislation that would force major cuts in the Commerce Dept.'s export-policing arm. A House bill slashing Commerce's trade programs by 25% would force the Bureau of Export Administration to halve its 1,600 investigations of illicit shipments of goods, such as computers and telecommunications gear.

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